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February 2020

Literary Partners: Lori Nolasco Martinez & Jennifer Kellogg

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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February 20, 2020 |  Lori Nolasco Martinez & Jennifer Kellogg Free and open to the public A Rochester, NY, native, Lori Nolasco Martinez is the author of two FootHills poetry collections, Ariadne of the Freezing Rains (2010) and Demetrio’s Scythe (2014). Her poem “Maplewood Rose Garden,” which pays tribute to the last stop on the Underground Railroad, is included in the Rochester Poets Walk at the Memorial Art Gallery. Lori is a graduate of the Sorbonne, where she earned a Doctoral degree…

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March 2020

Literary Partners: Jennifer Hudak & David DeGraff

March 12 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Jennifer Hudak & David DeGraff Free & open to the public Jennifer Hudak is a speculative fiction writer whose stories have appeared both online and off in such places as PodCastle and  Daily Science Fiction and the anthology Endless Apocalypse. Originally from Boston, she now lives with her family in Upstate New York, where, in addition to writing, she teaches yoga, knits tiny pocket-sized animals, and misses the ocean. Visit jenniferhudakwrites.com David DeGraff is an astronomer, science fiction writer, and Professor of Astronomy at Alfred University. In addition…

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Literary Partners: Lori Bruton & Seema Khaneja 

March 18 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Lori Bruton & Seema Khaneja  Free & open to the public Lori Bruton is a passionate, faith-filled, fun-loving entrepreneur who shares her stories and adventures about love, travel, faith, fun, writing, essential oils, wellness, and living the Oola Lifestyle creating balance in the key areas of your life. Her book, Hole To Whole: Journey To Hope And Transformation, was published in December 2019. She is the mother of two grown sons and lives in Western New York.  Seema Khaneja is the author of Physician,…

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Literary Partners: Claudia Stanek & Patricia Roth Schwartz

March 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Claudia Stanek & Patricia Roth Schwartz Free & open to the public Claudia M. Stanek grew up in the blur of murmurs and silences of Polish-accented English while living on the border of Polish-Catholic steel town Depew and German-Lutheran rural Lancaster in Western New York State. Her Language You Refuse to Learn was the 2013 co-winner of the Bright Hill Press chapbook contest, Her poems have appeared in such magazines as Dime Show Review, Inscape, Modern Poetry Quarterly, and Ithaca Lit, and in the anthologies Cinquainicity, Community Voices, and Le Mot Juste. She…

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Visiting Authors: Minda Harts in Conversation with Tianna Mañón

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Book Launch: The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table Free & Open to the Public   Drawing on her entrepreneurial experience as CEO of The Memo, as well as her past career as a fundraising consultant, Minda Harts’s Memo acknowledges the “ugly truths” that keep women of color from getting the proverbial seat at the table in corporate America: micro-aggressions, systemic racism, and white privilege. With wit and candor, Hart gives…

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Visiting Authors: Martha Matilda Harper, with Jane Plitt 

March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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How to Unravel a Buried Story: Re-Discovering Martha Matilda Harper, with Jane Plitt  Talk & Book Signing Free & Open to the Public Jane Plitt stumbled on the name “Martha Matilda Harper'' and the fact that she was the first woman member of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. Yet the Chamber knew nothing about her. Ultimately, Plitt spent six years criss-crossing the United States and Canada piecing together Harper’s forgotten business and human achievements. Jane Plitt is the author of…

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April 2020

Visiting Authors: Gary Copeland Lilley

April 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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11 am - 12:30 pm: Special Topics Workshop: Writing a Personna Poem 1 pm: Reading Gary Copeland Lilley is the author of eight books of poetry, including Alpha Zulu (Copper Canyon Press) and, most recently, The Bushman’s Medicine Show (Lost Horse Press, 2017). Blue Horse Press published his chapbook, The Hog Killing, in 2014. A Cave Canem Fellow, he has received the DC Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and is published in numerous anthologies and journals, including The…

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Literary Partners: Danielle Pafundo & Edward Dougherty

April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Danielle Pafundo & Edward Dougherty Free & open to the public Danielle Pafunda is the author of nine books of prose and poetry, including The Book of Scab (Ricochet Editions, 2018), Natural History Rape Museum (Bloof Books, 2013), and Manhater (Dusie Press, 2012), Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi Press, 2010), as well as two chapbooks. Her work has appeared in three editions of The Best American Poetry, and has been widely anthologized. A teacher at Rochester Institutute of Technology, she has served on the board of directors of VIDA; and holds a BA…

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Literary Partners: Katherine Hastings & Charlie Coté

April 16 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Katherine Hastings & Charlie Coté Free & open to the public Katherine Hastings is the author of three collections from Spuyten Duyvil Press: Shakespeare & Stein Walk Into a Bar (2016), Nighthawks (2014), and Cloud Fire (2012), as well as several chapbooks.  Poet laureate emerita of Sonoma County, CA, she edited Know Me Here: An Anthology of Poetry by Women; Digging Our Poetic Roots: Poems from Sonoma County; and What Redwoods Know: Poems from California State Parks. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies. She hosted WordTemple on NPR affiliate KRCB FM,…

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Literary Partners: Paula Weld-Carey & Kitty Jospé

April 22 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Paula Weld-Carey & Kitty Jospé Free & open to the public Paula Weld-Cary’s poetry has appeared in journals in the United States and abroad, including Portland Review, Slab, Cream City Review, Nimrod, Poetry Salzburg Review, Third Wednesday, and The Aurorean. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. One of her poems is forthcoming in The Midwest Quarterly and another in an environmental textbook. She lives in New York State. Kitty Jospé is a linguist and poet who has moderated popular weekly reading poetry appreciation sessions since 2008. She…

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Literary Partners: Jessica Cuello & Liza Flum

April 29 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Jessica Cuello & Liza Flum Free & open to the public Jessica Cuello is the author of Hunt (The Word Works, 2017) and Pricking (Tiger Bark Press, 2016). She has been awarded The 2017 CNY Book Award, The 2016 Washington Prize, The New Letters Poetry Prize, a Saltonstall Fellowship, and most recently, The New Ohio Review Poetry Prize. Her most recent poems can be found in Copper Nickel, Cave Wall, Bat City Review, Pleiades, and Salamander. Liza Flum is a…

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